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Publisher's Summary

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident.

Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals.

A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues.

As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realise that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers. As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerising finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

©2014 Jodi Picoult (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.' (Stephen King, best-selling author.)
"It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." ( The Financial Times)
"Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.'" ( Associated Press)

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Give it a miss!

As I have not read anything of Jodi Picoult's since 'My Sister's Keeper', which I found both gripping and heart wrenching I was excited to start this audio book. Unfortunately I am not impressed and I am not sure that I will even bother finishing it.

At first I attributed my dislike the annoying voice over artist, particularly her grating reading of the daughter character. As I progressed I realised that the problem seeped far deeper that the voice artist but the characters themselves and the completely unbelievable storyline that too often drifts into a tale about numerous elephants.

I find science and behavioural patterns very interesting and love a good good documentary however Picoult's telling is a dream like and romanticised; the self indulgent writing fails to make me empathise or care about any of the animals or humans depicted.

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Nope.... NO

Towards the end of this book I was ready to throw my device across the room. The narrator who was the voice of Alice spoke way too slowly and unfortunately she was the one with all the Elephant information. Now don't get me wrong, I do not have anything against Elephants but I didn't want a lesson in all things Elephant. I fell asleep countless times during the Elephant sermons mostly because of the narrator and her slow delivery of the information but also because of the repetitive nature of the commentary.

I did not like the character of Alice at all. She seemed to me to be cold and so rapped up in the Elephants that she failed to treat the people in her life the way they deserved to be treated.

I have read several of the authors other books and have loved them. This one was a no for me. For so many reasons.

I will not give away the punch line but I found it to hard to suspend disbelief long enough to appreciate it.

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The magic of elephants

A very interesting story, which includes fascinating information about elephant behaviour.

The story is gripping, with an unusual twist at the end.

I found Alice's voice rather soporific and found that I was losing concentration in her segments of the story. Jenna's performance was excellent!

This audio book would appeal to someone interested in elephants and the paranormal.

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Boring!

What would have made Leaving Time better?

A little more excitement in the readers' voices.

What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Left out some of the repetition about elephants. Sure its about grief, but sooo miserable for the entire book.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No.

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Good story and voice. Terribly slow pace.

I found the pacing of the voice delivery infuriatingly slow. I had to listen on double speed. I never do that.

The story was interesting and cleverly constructed through four perspectives. However, there’s almost a second story- a tangential discussion of elephants and their ‘society’ via Alice’s work. It’s a bit of a lengthy distraction in my opinion from the main story (although a very interesting one- the info about elephants is according to Picoult based on actual research and real elephants).

Overall a good story.
Voice overs were clear and effective on tone: but pacing was infuriatingly slow. Some people may prefer to read a physical book OR speed up the playback on audible.

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lots of facts

lots of elephant facts. a little too many
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Fantastically amazing

Fantastic book ! Captivating and beautifully written.
Great twist in the end!
Also very well narrated

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Wow

I really enjoyed this story and the plot twist is fantastic! I should have seen it coming as I can usually figure it out pretty quickly but I didn’t this time so big thumbs up from me.

Jenna’s mother Alice went missing 10 years ago when Jenna was 3. Over the 10 years she has continued the search to find her Mum and eventually seeks the help of a down-and-out psychic and a jaded former detective who worked the case when it first happened. The mismatched trio makes it an interesting read as they all try to find some common ground where they can get along to do the job they’ve been tasked with.

Throughout the story we also get to know Alice through the journals she kept while studying elephants, her first passion. Whilst other reviews have mentioned they found the elephant facts tedious, I thoroughly enjoyed them. What amazing creatures they are! I thought it was very well done and didn’t mind it one bit.

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Elephants and Mother hood

Soooo interesting and informative on the life of elephants, there social behaviours and intelligence is amazing. Thank you for sharing all this with us.

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Absolutely brilliant

Love, love, love this book. Such a great story about the elephants and their journeys. The characters parts were really well read. Coming from South Africa and hearing of places we have been makes me miss the wildlife. I did however not expect the story to end the way it did, but awesome story.

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